Penske Truck Rental announced Monday it is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet.
“These added vehicle features underscore our commitment to over-the-road safety for our commercial truck rental customers and their drivers,” says Don Mikes, senior vice president of rental at Penske. “These systems can help commercial drivers avoid collisions and the braking system provides additional stopping power when needed.”
Penske says it has ordered more than 2,000 trucks from Freightliner, Volvo and Navistar with the new spec. The 2018 model year units are set to begin going into service and will be available for rental starting as early as February. Additional rental units with this increased safety spec will continue to come into service as Penske’s fleet is replenished, the company says.
“We continue to introduce and test the various safety platforms available within our truck rental fleet from a variety of manufacturers,” says Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning. “By using the commercially available safety platforms in our rental fleet, we are best able to help guide our full-service truck leasing customers when evaluating these systems with road-tested performance in real-world conditions.”